ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART IV
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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15. 
rufarshi kilim
mazandaran area
northern persia
circa 1900
404 x 358 cm (133 x 119)


Notes: weft faced plain weave in wool on wool warps
Composed of five panels, each decorated by dark brown stripes made of natural undyed goat hair; kilims such as this one are called rufarshi. They were used to cover the main carpet in a room, thereby creating a special seating area devoted to the reception of guests - a tradition common both to the tribal and urban cultures of Persia (see P. Tanavoli, Persian Flatweaves, Woodbridge 2002, pp. 302-303). This type of flatweave is an absolute novelty to the market, and is particularly appreciated for its contemporary character.

 



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